Tuesday, January 3, 2012


The world's tallest snowwoman was created in Bethel, Maine in 2008. It measured in at 122 feet / 1 inch and weighed 13,000,000 lbs.
A local radio station had a contest to name her:  Olympia the SnowWoman won out
A green flash is sometimes seen just as the sun sets or rises. This occurs because green light is bent most strongly by the atmosphere. So the green is seen before other colors at sunrise, and after the other colors have vanished at sunset

The oak tree can take as long as 30 years to produce its first crop of acorns

In the opening procession of the Olympics, the team representing the host nation always marches last

At Caesars Palace alone, an average of 7,700 eggs are prepared each day, with 2.8 million eggs delivered each year to that one resort. Caesars serves over 427 pounds of coffee each day and pours more than 3,000 ounces of orange juice every 24 hours  

Berengaria, Queen of England and wife of Richard the Lionhearted, never set foot in England. She lived in Italy most of her life while her husband was off on adventures and crusades

The Moon weighs 81 billion tons  

The Navajo Indian language was used successfully as a code by the United States in World War II - The Navajo who participated in encoding messages in their native language were referred to as "Windtalkers"

The name Oz, as in "The Wizard of Oz," was thought up when the author and creator, L. Frank Baum, looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N and O-Z, hence "Oz"

The footprints left by the Apollo astronauts will not erode since there is no wind or water on the Moon. The footprints should last at least 10 million years

Isaac Asimov wrote more than 500 books during his lifetime (1920-1992). He has the honor of being the only person who has authored a book in each of the Dewey Decimal System classifications

In January 2011, a baby was born to Canadians Kathy Witterick and David Stocker, but seven months later, they still have not revealed to family or friends whether little "Storm" is a boy or a girl. The couple are intending to raise Storm free of gender-specific cultural stereotypes (i.e., such things as domesticity, aggressiveness,
preferences for arts or mathematics) because society tends to overvalue "boy" norms. On a larger scale, in Stockholm, according to a June Associated Press dispatch, the 33 Swedish pre-schoolers at the Egalia school socialize in daily environments scrubbed of all gender references. For example, boys and girls alike play with kitchen toys and building materials, and when playing "family," parental roles are interchangeable. Critics say the children will be left unprepared for the "real" world 

"The sidewalks of 47th Street are literally paved with gold," said one of New York City's gold wranglers, as he, down on all fours and manipulating tweezers, picked specks of gold, silver, and jewels that had fallen off of clothing and jewelry racks as they were rolled from trucks into stores. The man told the New York Post in June 2011 that he had recently earned $819 in redemptions for six days' prospecting

Grasshopper tacos (at San Francisco's La Oaxaquena Bakery, were pulled in June 2011 by local health authorities, who were concerned that the Bakery was importing Mexican insects rather than using American ones

In June 2011, scientists at China's Agricultural University in Beijing announced that they had produced human breast milk from genetically modified dairy cows and expect supplies to be available in supermarkets within three years. Employing technology once used to produce the sheep "Dolly," researchers created a herd of 300 modified cows, which yielded milk that was reported as "sweeter" and "stronger" than typical cow milk

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